City break in Poznań: Where the avant-garde meets history
A charming renaissance old town meets the hip beat of the city, and a wealth of history meets an avant-garde spirit. Polands fifth-largest city is ideal for an unforgettable city break and a trip filled with culture, architecture, and a zest for life. Zaczynamy! Let’s go to Poznań.
History and modernity in harmony
The capital of Greater Poland Voivodeship is ideally located in the west of the country on the banks of the Warta. As one of the oldest cities in Poland, it is also one of the few cities still to have buildings from all of the historical cultural epochs. Today Poznań, also known to many as Posen, is a lively university city with seven colleges and more than half a million inhabitants.
The city of kings and emperors
Historically-speaking, Poznań is the city of kings and emperors. It was a significant city for many centuries as the residence of the kings of Poland and the Prussian residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Discover Poznań: Everything within perfect walking distance
The ideal start for your tour of discovery is the Park Inn by Radisson Poznań in the eastern part of the old town. From here, it is only a short walk to the most beautiful sights of the city, such as the Old Market Square.
Palaces and merchants’ houses
The Old Market Square, Stary Rynek, is located in the heart of the historic old town. Feast your eyes on the classical city palaces and quaint merchants’ houses with their archways and arcades.
The highlight of Stary Rynek is obviously the magnificent Town Hall, the most famous example of Renaissance architecture in Poland. It is definitely worth a visit.
Through the narrow streets of the old town
And even if it is a tourist spectacle, at least once on your trip to Poznań, you just have to be there when the Town Hall clock strikes midday. If you want to take a short break, there are lots of charming restaurants, cozy cafés, and trendy bars in the Old Market Square. If you have a sweet tooth, you must try THE pastry specialty of the city. St. Martin’s croissants, also known as Rogal świętomarciński, are a delicious treat made of semi-puff pastry and white poppy seeds. Mmm! After your break, your route takes you past the Baroque Basilica of St. Mary the Virgin to the Jesuit College.
Poznań excursion highlights…
Whether it’s an art trip to the National Museum to see Monet’s “Beach in Pourville”, a visit to the historic Cytadela Park with the remains of fortifications, a military museum and Magdalena Abakanowicz’s sculpture park, or an evening of opera at the historic Teatr Wielki , you can put together your very own Poznań sightseeing list.
… Shopping and nightlife!
People in Poznań love to party. Enjoy one of the delicious local beers in the bars of the old town and dance the night away in the countless music clubs. If you want to have an exciting day of culture and shopping, Stary Browar is exactly the right place for you. The old brewery and the remains of a Prussian fort are combined with a new glass and steel structure to form a unique shopping, art, and business center.